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El Cardenal Restaurant

Paseo de Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
(+34) 925 22 49 00
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Ranked #78 of 253 Restaurants in Toledo
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Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Hostal del Cardenal is located in an 18th century Toledo palace that has been converted into a three star hostel. The hostel���s restaurant, in an attractive setting surrounded by gardens, offers traditional Spanish cooking, featuring roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood fired oven, and Toledo-style partridge casserole. Desserts include the marzipans and ���marquesitas��� (small pastries) that are typical of the Toledo region. There is a special area set aside for children���s games and in the summer the terrace is a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends.
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Miami, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The only reason why I don't give this places five star is because Toledo is very hot in July, and it was hot inside the restaurant while we were there. I got the feeling they were playing with the thermostat to save on electricity. The food and service was good, but we'll return in December next time.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My wife and I had mixed feelings on this restaurant. We both agreed that the setting looking out over the courtyard was beautiful. Both agreed the service was a bit standoffish. I really enjoyed my meal of sucking pig, very tender and juicy and one of the better ones I've had in Spain. Her fish was good but not great... More

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Alicante, Spain
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

If you want a lunch or dinner away from the noise and if a very pleasant setting and still in walking distance from the center than this is the place to be. We went for dinner and enjoyed the setting outside in the garden under the trees. You access the place through a doorway in the wall around the old... More

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Melbourne
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128 reviews 128 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We went to this restaurant because it was recommended for Cochinillo (Roast Suckling Pig) and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is part of a hotel located just outside the walls of Toledo near the Alfonso Gate. We ate upstairs but there are also tables in an outside courtyard on the ground floor. At first the service was very slow.... More

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Heraklion, Greece
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

If you are looking for a place with nice decoration and atmosphere you are in the right place.the food is not what i call"value for money " although the little pig was tasty. 75 euro for 2 main dishes a salad a coke and one desert.too much i think! the atmosphere was fantastic and its worth paying for it.

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SC
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263 reviews 263 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Chewy tough steak, mediocre house wine Service, as the rest of restaurants in Spain, is below the American standards Soups are OK Salmon was very good, fresh and prepared very well... I recommend it The steak, which is prepared medium-rare need some salt, very tough, chewy, and bleeding in the middle .... I think this is the norm for steaks... More

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Madrid
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137 reviews 137 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This was the second time that I have had a meal with a large group at this restaurant. We chose a 43€ Executive Menu consisting of shared starters, steak/fish/suckling pig main course and a dessert. The restaurant is very nice. Good decor, a nice interior garden. It is an attractive place to eat, if a little pricey for some. We... More

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Telluride, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Alot of travel guides rave about this restaurant and it's speciality "roast suckling pig". We cannot imagine what they are talking abouit. It is a very lovely decor but the wait staff is unfriendly and the food cannot stand up to what most people can cook at home. The wait staff was very unfriendly, even arrogant. The salad had "canned"... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Toledo seems to get very busy and touristic and noisy - and you so much would like to have the luxury of a good spanish meal served by professional waiters in a pleasant and peaceful garden? Sounds like difficult to get? But if you walk down to Paseo de Recaredo 24 to the Hacienda del Cardenal, you shall get exactly... More

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Reidville
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Our tour guide made reservations for our group and we were not disappointed. Lovely atmosphere. The oven roasted chicken was absolutely delicious, as was the garden salad. Wine was excellent. All a bit pricey but I would go back for a special occassion. Restrooms very clean but cold. There was outside dining when weather permitted and an outside tent for... More

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